Board of Directors

Sarabeth Rees, President

Sarabeth Rees is a partner with The Hyalite Group, a strategy and management consulting firm. She joined the HAVEN Board of Directors in 2015 and also serves on boards of the Montana Ballet Company and Bozeman Public Library Foundation. Sarabeth cares deeply about Haven’s mission, and is proud to be part of such an extraordinary team of people working to end domestic violence and sexual assault in the Gallatin Valley. She enjoys being active in her community, skiing, hiking, reading and has traveled to more than 50 countries.

Sherine Blackford, Vice President

Sherine Blackford is an attorney with Dodd Law Firm, P.C. She is the current Chair of the Montana State Bar Family Law Section and is a Trustee on the Montana State Bar’s New Lawyers Section.  Sherine joined the HAVEN Board of Directors in 2015, and believes education is one of the most important steps to reducing domestic violence in our community. She looks forward to HAVEN’s programming expansion and the creation of the new facility. Born and raised in Montana, Sherine enjoys skiing, hiking, fishing and boating on Montana’s lakes in the summer with her dogs and family.

Jessica Van Voast, Treasurer

Jessica Van Voast is a CPA and manager at Anderson ZurMuehlen & Co., P.C. and devotes much of her free time to volunteering for nonprofit fundraising events, participating in leadership programs and volunteering with her state professional society. She joined the HAVEN Board of Directors in 2015. Jessica believes that if we educate the community and change our culture about the subject of domestic violence, we can work toward preventing it, thereby saving our community unnecessary expense and providing a safe place for everyone. She is excited for HAVEN to expand its community outreach and community education efforts. Jessica and her husband enjoy spending time outdoors with their 16 month-old daughter and their two Golden Doodles.

Betsy de Leiris, Secretary

Betsy de Leiris is retired, and moved to Gallatin Valley 12 years ago from Rhode Island. During her nearly 30 years of practicing law there, she worked with survivors of domestic violence and was involved in the creation of a domestic violence program and shelter. Since moving to Bozeman, she volunteered for several years with the CASA program, reporting to the courts on the interest and needs of children in protective services cases, almost all of whom were affected by violence in their homes. She believes that the work of HAVEN can build a more resilient community for individuals and families.  In educating the community, together  we can reduce the destruction of domestic violence. Betsy volunteers as a docent and summer blacksmith at the Museum of the Rockies, and volunteers at Eagle Mount in the equine and snowshoeing programs, and in the summer Adventure Days program. She is pleased to have acquired horses at a late age, and spends much of her time catering to the every whim of her horses, dogs, cats, and chickens.

Wendy Wilson, Past President

Wendy Wilson has more than 27 years of experience in corporate finance. She currently works as a Broker with 45th Parallel Realty, representing both buyers and sellers. In addition to her work in real estate, she owns an accounting and finance business that serves corporations and small businesses. Wendy joined the HAVEN Board of Directors in 2012 and is proud to have been the Board President of such a dynamic group of people dedicated to engaging our community to end domestic violence. She knows that only by our community shining light on the issue of domestic violence and supporting survivors can we end this pandemic in our society. In addition to her work on the HAVEN Board of Directors, Wendy has served on the Gallatin Association of Realtors Board of Directors and Heart of the Valley Board of Directors, and the Vestry with St. James Episcopal Church. When not busy with HAVEN and work, Wendy enjoys reading, cooking, fly fishing and cheering on her favorite sports teams.

Steve Crawford

Steve is the Chief of the Bozeman Police Department.  Steve has served the community for over 23 years beginning his career as a patrol officer in 1994.  He cares deeply for Bozeman and those who call it home and works to resolve public safety concerns through partnerships with community members.  As a police officer, Steve has seen the effects of domestic violence on survivors and families first hand.  Steve joined the board at HAVEN to help with the work to augment services available to domestic violence survivors and support HAVEN’s mission to reduce the impact of domestic violence on survivors, family members and the community.

When he’s not on duty he enjoys fly fishing, floating, hiking, camping, and spending time with his wife and son

Mike Van Vuren

Mike Van Vuren is the principal of Hyalite Elementary in Bozeman and has spent over 17 years working in education. Mike joined the HAVEN Board of Directors in 2015 and is excited to learn and contribute to the great work HAVEN has been charged with doing. As an educator, Mike has worked with many students and families who have had to deal with the trauma of domestic violence.   He would like to help form partnerships within the community that will promote the development of a common understanding around the effects domestic violence can have within a community.

Richard Broome

Richard served on their White House staff for two Presidents of the United States. He is a current faculty member at both George Washington University and Montana State University, and is presently helping develop a degree in Leadership & Emergency Management at George Washington University for military serving in the U.S. Special Operations Command. He is a nationally recognized expert on the subject of the many threats facing this nation such as the looming cyber wars and ISIS. He is a frequent author and guest speaker with two books and over fifty articles and national industry presentations. He has been interviewed by the New York Times and the Washington Post. Richard is a retired Army Colonel with twenty-seven years of military service and many diverse experiences, including serving in the 9th Infantry Division with ‘Stormin’ Norman Schwarzkopf, serving on the staff and faculty at West Point when the first class of women graduated, and serving at the Pentagon. After his military service, he held business leadership positions at the NASDAQ stock market, Computer Sciences Corporation and Booz Allen Hamilton. He is a member of the Editorial Board, Bozeman Daily Chronicle.

Anna Williams

Anna Williams is a lawyer and has her own law practice, Anna Williams Law, PLLC.  She has practiced law for over 22 years.  Anna was born in raised in Montana.  Anna is excited to join the HAVEN Board of Directors.  She has lived in Bozeman for 18 years and has watched HAVEN grow and develop into the incredible organization that it is today.  As a family law lawyer, Anna witnesses the impact of domestic violence on families and relationships, far too often.  When Anna is not working she enjoys skiing, running, camping and kayaking.

Jillian Bertelli